Grade II winner Comeonmom was represented by his first winner when his daughter Comeongal won Nov. 15 at Calder Race Course.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association working group on insurance, members of which were named Nov. 16, will hold its first meeting Nov. 22.
- By Mark Popham
The British Horseracing Board's future funding strategy was thrown into disarray when the European Court of Justice Nov. 9 ruled in favor of bookmaker William Hill's challenge over database rights.
Bolsa, an 8-year-old daughter of Mr. Prospector in foal to Deputy Commander brought a top price of $400,000 during Monday's session of Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale.
Housebuster, a two-time champion sprinter who stood the past breeding season at Blue Ridge Farm near Upperville, Va., will stand at the Funkhouser family's O'Sullivan Farms near Charles Town, W.Va.
Hall of Fame steeplechase jockey Frank D. "Dooley" Adams died Nov. 12 in his hometown of Southern Pines, N.C. He was 77.
Trainer Neil Howard listed William S. Farish's Fayette (gr. III) winner and Pimlico Special (gr. I) runner-up Midway Road as 50-50 for the Nov. 26, $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) after a six-furlong breeze at Churchill Downs Monday.
Elisabeth Alexander's Magna Graduate and Old School Stable's Social Probation, two stakes-placed contenders for the $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) for 2-year-olds on Nov. 27, turned in solid breezes on a frosty autumn Monday at Churchill Downs.
Dr. Tom Simon, the German-born, Spain-based lawyer who bounced into Australia and the United States four years ago with the purchase of Vinery in Kentucky and Australia, has decided it's time to expand the operation into Florida and is selling his entire broodmare band in Australia.
With seven weeks remaining in the calendar and racing year, jockey John Velazquez is well ahead of Edgar Prado and Jerry Bailey in the race to be leading rider by earnings.
Following the placement of the British betting company Sporting Options under administration, meaning it has financial problems, other betting exchanges were quick to assure customers that their accounts were safe.
Graded stakes winner Griffinite will stand at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, New York in 2005 for a $4,000 fee.
Jockey Jason Lumpkins suffered a fractured left collarbone and a mild concussion when his mount Crozet fell during the running of the $51,875 Star Ball Stakes for fillies and mares Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
Broadway View, ridden by John McKee, rallied from last on the far turn and then withstood the hard-charging America Alive by a bare nose in the first running of the $171,150 Commonwealth Turf for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs.
A weanling colt sired by Yonaguska was purchased by Bloodstock Services for $210,000 as the top price during Sunday's session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which showed solid gains over the comparable session one year ago.
As the high-powered Keeneland November breeding stock sale moved into the fourth of seven books Sunday, the market for breeding stock and weanling prospects showed it still has plenty of steam. Seventeen lots in the session brought final bids in the six-figure range, led by a pair of $200,000 broodmares and a $210,000 weanling.
Financingavailable capped off a five-win day for Todd Kabel when the she captured Sunday's $160,350 Jammed Lovely Stakes for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine.
Southern Africa, victorious in two of three starts in England, is scheduled to make his United States bow in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs on Saturday.
Musical Chimes, who was neck shy of victory behind Heat Haze in the 2003 Matriarch (gr. IT), worked six furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday for her second shot at the $500,000 test for fillies and mares at one mile on turf Nov. 28.
Colonial Colony, the stretch-running winner of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) earlier this year, gains the services of patient Pat Day in the 130th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) on Nov. 26.
Magoo's Magic and Javier Castellano went gate to wire for a 3 1/2-length win the $82,950 Huntington for 2-year-olds at sunny Aqueduct Sunday.
Four-year-old filly Admire Groove made it back-to-back victories in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (Jpn-I), winning the $1.8 million event Sunday at Kyoto Racecourse in Japan.
Count Ricardo, an $800 (Australian funds) yearling, defeated a trio of experienced northern hemisphere campaigners to easily win a soggy edition of the $500,000 Sandown Classic (Aust-II) Nov 13.
Belong To Me colt Binding confirmed his potential with a stunning last-to-first success in the Sandown Guineas (Aust-II) Nov 13.
Team Valor Stables and Robert J. Wilson's Added Edge won the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Mile Saturday night by the slimmest of margins over Coach Jimi Lee.
Jockey Larry Sterling Jr. won three of the six six stakes races for Illinois runners contested at Hawthorne on Saturday during the Illinois Festival.
One For Rose became racing's latest millionaire when she crushed four rivals in the $218,850 Maple Leaf Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine for the second year in a row.
Ablo, a 19-1 shot guided by Gerry Olguin, captured Saturday's $250,000 Coronation Futurity for 2-year-old Canadian-breds at Woodbine, a key event on the road to the 2005 Queen's Plate.
The highest priced mare and top weanling sold at Keeneland Saturday entered the ring just a few minutes apart.
Coming off his maiden win, Turk's Ransom confirmed his appreciation of the Calder grass course Saturday, winning the $100,000 Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf on Florida Million day.
Joseph Balsamo's stakes winner Weigelia showed his consistency again by taking the six-furlong $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint during Calder's Florida Million.
Four-year-old Supah Blitz, now a California resident, returned to his roots Saturday at Calder Race Course and won the $200,000 Carl Rose Classic, a race for Florida-breds that is part the track's Florida Million program.
Jean and Dale Howes' Final Prophecy registered a 57-1 surprise in winning the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup at Calder Race Course Saturday in the Florida Million.
Peachtree Stable's 2-year-old New York invader Flamenco was an impressive winner of the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile at Calder Race Course Saturday during the Florida Million.
Favored River Belle, with an animated Kieren Fallon squeezing every last ounce of effort from her, won the $171,150 Mrs. Revere (gr. IIT) by a nostril over the surging Lenatareese at Churchill Downs Saturday.
Classic Endeavor, a $50,000 claim two starts ago by trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., won the $109,900-added Stuyvesant Handicap (gr. III) for fun Saturday at Aqueduct Park.
Hopelessly Devoted made a successful return to the dirt, taking the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday on Florida Million day at Calder Race Course.
Glen Hill Farm's Kentucky shipper Rich in Spirit rewarded her connections with a victory in Saturday's $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf on Florida Million day at Calder Race Course.
Aclassysassylassy won her fourth consecutive stakes race, taking the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies Saturday at Calder Race Course, the first race in the 2004 Florida Million series.
After a career in which she gathered over 1,700 winners and legions on fans, jockey Rosemary Homeister, Jr. announced her retirement from racing on Friday.
Hoosier Park in Indiana lost its entire 12-race card the evening of Nov. 12 after all but a few members of the jockey colony refused to ride. The jockeys are protesting over what they believe is a lack of adequate medical insurance, and they also called on the track to install a safety rail.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, whose board of directors has considered leaving the National HBPA since earlier this year, made it official Nov. 11.
Trainer Bill Mott, the all-time victory leader at Churchill Downs, can add another to his dazzling total under the Twin Spires when he saddles David Garner's probable favorite Cool Conductor to face 10 3-year-old rivals in Sunday's inaugural $150,000-added Commonwealth Turf.
With seven days remaining, gross receipts for Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale already top last year's total. Through Friday's fifth session of the 12-day auction, Keeneland has sold 1,180 horses for $236,323,000, an average of $200,274 and a median of $93,500.
Thoroughbred Racing Collectibles (TRC), an Internet auction and sales company run by Lake Worth, Fla. resident Jim Setembre, is offering fans of the sport the chance to bid on 60 items used in the making of the movie "Seabiscuit: An American Legend."
Lakeside Farm's Colonial Colony, upset winner of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in June, tuned up for an expected bid for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) with a six-furlong breeze on Friday at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Bobby Frankel has 10 probable starters lined up for this year's Hollywood Park Turf Festival, the 14th edition of the six-race $1.75 million series of grass races Nov. 26-28.
One for Rose, last year's Sovereign Award winner as Canada's top older filly, is back to defend her title in the $175,000 Maple Leaf (Can-III) Saturday at Woodbine, a 1 ¼-mile main track event the Ontario-bred won by 6 ¼ lengths in 2003.
Leo Getz, a California-based 2-year-old maiden owned in part by actor Joe Pesci, could prove to be the "Lethal Weapon" of Saturday's $250,000 Coronation Futurity for Ontario breds at Woodbine.
Epitome, who staged a stirring stretch drive to win the 1987 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) by a nose, has died at age 19. The mare died Nov. 12 after suffering a ruptured artery. She was boarded at John and Benny Williams' Elmwood Farm in Woodford County, Ky.
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